10th Annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party a Huge Success!
by Angie Mennen
October 6, 2013

On Thursday September 26th, proud supporters had the opportunity to escape to Vegas for a night while wining, dining and playing some of the most popular casino games at Pathways to Perennials Tenth Annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party. In the three hour event, $3,000 was raised for the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake Hospital. This averages to $1000 an hour! This now brings the ten year total to over $30,000.00. Since statistics say that by 2014, in York Region alone, as many as 4,500 new cases will be diagnosed each year, almost double the provincial average increase, it is an important cause dear to the hearts of many.

The attendees enjoyed a beautiful evening of mouth-watering food prepared by Chef Ron and wife Peti of the Pathways to Perennials Garden Café. While enjoying delicious hors d'oeuvres and delicacies, they were serenade by the incredible sounds of The Trilogy Jazz Project. Visitors were able to peruse the fragrant perennial beds and lifestyle displays that were lit up with outdoor lighting. As well Lorraine Mennen, owner of Pathways to Perennials led visitors to tour Hidcote Hideaway, their wedding gardens that are viewed by private tour only.

Guests had the pleasure of enjoying multiple forms of art from artists such as The Trilogy Jazz Project, Douglas Myles, and International sculptor Brett Davis. With the beautiful weather, Doug Myles of Mylestones Artistic Creations set up his hand painted landscapes creations outdoors for all guests to enjoy and admire. Brett Davis of Age of Bronze Studio in King also had many of his bronze sculptures dispersed throughout the gardens.

Dr. Woodrow Wells, Physician Lead, Radiation Medicine Program at Stronach Regional Cancer Centre attending our event to share a few inspirational words about the importance of contributions such as ours to their program. The evening was then capped off by a fabulous raffle in which many companies came together to donate prizes for a good cause. The raffle featured more than three dozen fantastic pieces of interior and exterior décor items, plants, trees, garden accessories and many more! Many of our biggest winners of the night won raffle tickets playing games such as roulette, black jack and crown and anchor. Stonemen’s Valley once again donated an engraved granite rock for our silent auction in hopes to raise more money for Southlake. A very special thank you goes out to all of our proud sponsors and to those guests who showed their support! Success comes easily when like minds commit to work together towards a common goal.

We hope to see everyone next year for our 11th Annual Art and Jazz Charity Garden Party in support of Southlake and with help from you we hope to set even more records!

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